WATCH: Shocking video of drink driver crashing and fleeing police

SHOCKING video shows the moment a drunk driver crashed into other vehicles on a busy Somerset road before trying to flee from police.

Artur Makouski has been jailed after driving dangerously while under the influence of alcohol in Shepton Mallet, before crashing the stolen car he was driving into other vehicles.

Makouski pleaded guilty to a number of offences following an incident earlier this year where he failed to stop for police.

At around noon on Sunday, January 22, Avon and Somerset Police officers became aware of a car suspected of being stolen on the A361.

After they found the vehicle near Whitstone Road, Makouski failed to stop for police and drove in a dangerous manner to try to avoid being arrested.

Officers did not pursue the car but moments later saw the grey Lexus the 27-year-old was driving collided with several vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

He attempted to flee on foot, but was found and arrested in a field a short distance away, with officers supported by a police dog and National Police Air Service’s helicopter.

The road was closed for a number of hours and enquiries discovered the Lexus Makouski was driving had been reported stolen in London.

Makouski, of Morland Road, Walthamstow, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, drink-driving, as well as driving without insurance or a valid licence.

He was jailed for 12 months at Taunton Crown Court on May 16 and disqualified from driving for three years. He will be required to pass an extended driving test after his disqualification expires before being allowed behind the wheel again.

Artur Makouski was jailed for 12 months at Taunton Crown Court

Artur Makouski was jailed for 12 months at Taunton Crown Court

“The collisions the defendant caused affected several innocent motorists going about their normal Sunday morning. Thankfully nobody was injured as a result of Artur Makouski’s dangerous actions,” said PC Jake Edwards, the officer in the case.

“The sentence imposed on the defendant from court is a welcome result. We hope it sends a clear message that dangerous driving on the roads of Avon and Somerset is wholly unacceptable and we will seek positive prosecutions against any such offenders.”

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